More men are entering therapy
The Telegraph reported this week that, according to the NHS, the ‘vast majority’ of those referred to counselling for anxiety and depression are women. However, this does not mean that more women than men suffer from such problems, but purely that females are more likely to seek help when they are struggling.
There are a number of reasons why women may be more likely to seek therapy than men, but that does not mean that fewer men experience periods of depression and anxiety, mental health issues or simply difficult times when they could do with a listening ear. Socio-cultural ideas often make it easier for women to reach out for help than men, as well as inherited ideas of how men and women should cope with problems, for example. “While there is no gender difference in the prevalence of mental health problems, women are more likely to seek help than men, and are more willing to talk about their own mental well-being,” said Beth Murphy, Head of Information at Mind, as reported by The Telegraph. “All the signs suggest that more and more people [of both genders] are seeking help for mental health problems.”
Yet plenty of men have recently spoken out about their experiences of therapy and counselling, in helping with depression and anxiety as well as a number of other issues such as self-esteem, relationships, trauma, abuse, addiction and questions around identity. Stephen Fry, Scott Mills, Matt Cardle, John Bishop and boxer Ricky Hatton, to name but a few, have all talked openly about their experiences of psychological help and support over the past year. Each of these men has turned to therapy either while in crisis, as a way to help manage every day life, or as a means of help in working towards the lives they really want. And the trend of more men entering into therapy appears to be continuing, perhaps as the stigma around psychological therapies in general reduces or, as suggested in The Telegraph’s article, due in part to the prevalence and effects of economic difficulty in the current climate.
The counsellors and therapists at The Grove are experienced in working with both men and women alike, and we have both male and female counsellors on our team. We understand that coming to therapy can be a difficult decision to make for anyone, but perhaps especially difficult for men. But if something has happened to make life feel harder than it used to be, if you are questioning your relationship or other choices that you have made in life, or if perhaps you want some support in exploring who you truly are and learning to live life in the way that really best suits you, rather than others or the world around you, let’s talk. We can work to find out what is really going on for you, so that you can move towards managing the situation and working towards a solution, before everything starts to overwhelm you.
If you would like to talk further about what is going on for you right now get in touch with The Grove today for a free 30 minute consultation – over the phone or face-to-face – to see how we can help.